Mike Stevens | Jun 8, 2010

Bringing its upcoming supercar a step closer to production reality, Melbourne-based JOSS Developments has announced a partnership with local transmission specialist Albins.

The partnership is expected to lead to a state-of-the-art transmission and drive system for the JOSS supercar, known internally as JP1 (with the testing prototype dubbed JT1).

According to JOSS Developments CEO Glenn Draffin, the JP1's transmission will set a new standard in Australia, making it a "key component" in the development of the 300km/h supercar.

“There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes development work carried out by our engineering team and the transmission partnership with Albins is one of several exciting developments that JOSS will be announcing over the coming months,” Mr Draffin said.

There seems little doubt at JOSS that Albins is the outfit for the job. The largest high performance transmission manufacturer in the southern hemisphere, Albins has been developing gearboxes and other components for Dakar Rally competitors, the Baja 1000 and the Australian V8 Supercars for 25 years.

The news follows the recent appearance of JOSS' JT1 prototype in the Forza Motorsport 3 game on the XBOX 360, and comments to TMR from JOSS founder Matthew Thomas that production is progressing rapidly.

"There's only so much we can say on the progress of the car right now, but suffice it to say that the project is moving rapidly and we expect to make an announcement in the coming weeks - certainly in the next one or two months," Mr Thomas told TMR.

There is still no word on exactly when we can expected to see the market launch of the actual production JP1, but after more than six years since news of Australia's first supercar hit the press, confidence is clearly high at JOSS.

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